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Better Results in a Cost-effective Manner


Rearing calves costs money until they give milk for the first time or can be sold to a livestock trader. And yet calf rearing offers tremendous potentials, which are left unattended, to increase performance and cut costs. Here is how!


Be Aware of What Sick Calves Cost You


  • Dead calves mean that no return at all will follow the many previous investments (insemination of the cow, rearing the calf, and its future contribution to the herd's production). In the long term, this may force you to spend a substantial amount of money on purchasing heifers to preserve herd size.
  • However, disease in itself is a cost factor. For instance, when a calf is sick, this will cost you € 90 to € 265. In an operation with 75 reared calves, the total figure, then, is € 2000 to € 9000 a year! (Chamber of Agriculture of Lower Saxony)
  • Improved state of health can greatly contribute to reducing this cost factor. The foundations of this contribution are laid by feeding colostrum as early as possible.


More Milk Means More Milk


  • Calves that drink 4 litres of colostrum right after birth will produce significantly more milk as grown-up cows (950 kg (2090 lbs) in their first lactation, 1650 kg in their second lactation).
  • The benefit is brought about by a better development of the calves in the first weeks of their life, which allows taking full advantage of their genetic potential (metabolic programming).

Leverage Money-making Opportunities


  • Healthier calves will result in a lower death rate and, as a consequence, more pregnant heifers at the end of the young-stock stage.
  • This is an opportunity for you to select only the best heifers to add to your herd and to sell the others for good money, thereby leveraging another source of earnings.

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